Treasure Thaxton continues tradition of giving back, paying it forward

JACKSON, Tenn.-A West Tennessee tradition continued Friday, as now 12-year-old Treasure Thaxton returned to Ayers Medical Center to show patients love. For the last eight years, she has given Teddy Bears to the children on the third floor at Jackson-Madison County General and at Lebonheur Children’s Medical Center in Memphis. Treasure was born prematurely and received care at the hospitals…

Hundreds attend ‘Boots and Bling’ fundraiser

JACKSON, Tenn.-Hundreds of West Tennessee women put on their ‘boots and bling’ to support the West Tennessee Women’s Center at Jackson-Madison County General Hospital. The 4th annual fundraiser was held at the Jackson Fairgrounds Park where attendees enjoyed a fun-filled night of music and dancing, all while learning more about the number one killer of women… heart disease. Cardiologists were…

South Jackson fire damages home, cars

JACKSON, Tenn.-A fire rips through a home in south Jackson late Friday night, injuring a Jackson firefighter. Officials said the fire started around 9 p.m. at a home in the 60 block South Side Drive. The fire started in the carport, which eventually collapsed and set three cars on fire. Although the fire did spread into the home, everyone inside…

Final Scores: Friday Night Hoops

Girls TCA 46, JC 36 Scotts Hill 66, Madison Academic 39 Liberty 75, North Side 27 Westview 68, Milan 52 Huntingdon 54, West Carroll 43 Hardin Co. 48, Brighton 35 Ripley 68, JCM 50 South Gibson 69, Obion Co. 50 Haywood 51, Covington 40 Chester Co. 52, Lexington 51 Boys North Side 63, Liberty 60 Haywood 68, Covington 63 USJ…

TVA abandoning plan for new reactors at idled Alabama plant

HOLLYWOOD, Ala. (AP) – The Tennessee Valley Authority is giving up on plans to construct new reactors at its unfinished, multibillion-dollar Bellefonte Nuclear Plant in northeast Alabama. Construction began at Bellefonte in 1974 and has been on hold since 1988. The TVA began considering plans for a new type of reactor at the plant about a decade ago. But the…

Haslam: No plans for big spending on legislative races

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – Gov. Bill Haslam has proven to be enormously popular with Tennessee voters, but fellow Republicans in the Tennessee General Assembly have been a tougher crowd to win over. They have turned up their noses at initiatives the governor has put muscle behind, including an expansion of Medicaid and a hefty boost in road funding. But don’t…

Judge dismisses lawsuit against Metro Nashville Schools

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – A judge has dismissed a lawsuit filed by a student against the Metro Nashville Public Schools alleging she was pulled out of an algebra class so she wouldn’t have to take a test, allowing her school to artificially inflate its scores. WTVF reports (http://tinyurl.com/jzn69aw ) Davidson County Chancellor Ellen Hobbs Lyle on Friday dismissed the suit…

Knoxville News Sentinel sues for documents in UT rape case

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) – The Knoxville News Sentinel is asking a judge to unseal evidence in the cases of two former University of Tennessee football players charged with aggravated rape. The newspaper says (http://bit.ly/20QoP3i ) it filed a lawsuit on Friday seeking evidence in the cases against former players A.J. Johnson and Michael Williams. The evidence includes search warrant applications,…

Local NAACP chapter celebrates Founders Day

JACKSON, Tenn.-The oldest civil rights organization in the nation turned 107 Friday. The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People celebrated their Founders Day downtown, Friday afternoon. Community members joined the Jackson-Madison County chapter of the NAACP to honor local heroes who had an active role in the civil rights movement. Honorees were given medals of recognition for there…

Carroll Co. Chamber hosts State Sen. John Stevens

CARROLL COUNTY, Tenn. — The Chamber of Commerce hosted a West Tennessee state legislator Friday. State Senator John Stevens addressed a room full of Carroll County residents Friday afternoon. He spoke about the state’s current battle to balance and approve the budget for the fiscal year. Sen. Stevens says a bill that would allow carry permits on college campuses is nearing a vote and is something…